Writer's Digest Magazine: 2009 Editorial Calendar

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Everyone has been so helpful in giving feedback on magazine content, so here’s a sneak peek at our issue themes for the coming year. This is a very broad-stroke outline, but gives you a sense of our focus each issue.

If there’s a particular technique, topic, or area that you’ve always hoped we’d cover, let me know!

April 2009
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SELF PUBLISHING

  • The new perception of self-publishing; emerging tools and models
  • Resource chart on POD companies (what they offer, fees, rights, etc.) and reader feedback on self-publishing experiences.

WORKBOOK: Revision and Self-Editing

  • How to turn a first draft into a salable manuscript
  • When and how to work with freelancers to get a book into shape

June 2009
GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL (MARKETING & PROMOTION ISSUE)

  • How to market and promote yourself before and after you make the sale
  • The most effective way to use social networking tools to sell yourself & your book
  • Hands-on guide to online viral marketing tools (blog tours, book trailers, reading groups, podcasts)

WORKBOOK: Writing Memoirs and Life Stories (when you’re not a name)

August 2009
PUBLISHING 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU WRITE A WORD

  • Visual guide to how your book moves from proposal to print to on the shelf—all the steps, all the things you need to know ahead of time
  • What to expect from your publisher (editorial, marketing, publicity)
  • How the industry has changed and new steps you need to take to ensure successful publication

WORKBOOK: The Art & Craft of Storytelling; Hooking Your Reader From Page One

October 2009
AGENTS AND EDITORS SPEAK OUT (THE GATEKEEPER ISSUE)

  • The new roles of gatekeepers and how to be an equal partner in publication
  • The anatomy of a book deal and a book contract: what you must know and ask about even if you do have an agent

WORKBOOK: Novel-writing related

December 2009
THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING

  • The changing economic model of media and the emerging role of writers as content providers—five essential rules to follow to stay in the game
  • How to negotiate the smartest deal for digital rights and e-rights (and when to keep all such rights for yourself)

WORKBOOK: Writing Groups & Critique Group Guide; A Fresh Start in the New Year

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